Tuesday, December 20, 2011
X FACTOR HOST STEVE JONES MAY SOON BE OUT OF A JOB
Word on the street is that X Factor host Steve Jones may be the next one up for elimination.
A source revealed to the Mirror that, “Executives at Fox have already decided not to renew his contract and so, short of a miracle happening, it is pretty much a done deal that he will not take part next season.”
Steve Jones has never been received by audiences and critics as Fox execs have hoped, called “utterly irrelevant” by the New York Times, was called “so far in the background he may as well be on another network.” by the Boston Herald and even Wendy Williams has stated on her show that Steve Jones is "a big cricket."
So far creator/judge Simon Cowell hasn't responded to the rumors, but truth be told there's a lot of changes that need to be made on the show when it comes back for season 2. First they need a host that's less Ryan Seacrest and more the opposite of what Seacrest brings. Ryan tries to model himself after Dick Clark from the 50's and we need a host that has personality, is energetic, and brings something different than what every network tries to take from a tried and true formula. Pretty doesn't always keep the ratings up. Eventually you have to bring something else to the table.
Speaking of which, I've been hearing rumors that the producers are looking to move Nicole Scherzinger from the judges table and back on stage as the replacement for Jones, since she was originally supposed to be Steve's co-host before they fired Cheryl Cole (who should have never been fired in the first place).
Second there's need to be less focus on contestants' backstories and more time spent on different types of contestants performing music to their individual strengths. The many times I have caught glimpses of X Factor it reminds me of the exact things I've hated about American Idol.
Third get rid of the aforementioned Nicole Scherzinger. She has no personality, comes across as dumb as a box of rocks, and offers nothing to the show. bad enough we have Paula Abdul, who comes across like a more sedated version of herself than what we've seen on American Idol (I miss crazy Paula).
Here are my suggestions to replace Nicole as a judge:
Kylie Minogue: She may not be a huge household name in the U.S. (unless you are gay) but Kylie is a true international pop superstar and while a scaled-down version of her excellent Aphrodite: Les Folies tour was sold out in the States, she has clear musical knowledge and she is one of the rare pop stars who sings live and on key. Her sister Dannii was a judge on the U.K. edition (and if I'm not mistaken she now judges the Australian version), but after 25 years in the business, joining X Factor would finally get her the crossover success she deserves.
Robyn: The Swedish import is finally getting the recognition she deserves after her show-stopping performance on SNL two weeks ago. Robyn marches to the beat of her own drum, has a distinct knowledge of music, and brings a sense of raw emotion to a usually soulless genre of dance music. My only worry is that execs might not go for someone like Robyn because she is an independent artist (she has her own label Konichiwa Records) who distributes her music through Cherrytree/Interscope.
Patti LaBelle: Have you ever seen Patti when she guest-judges on other TV shows? Not only is she a music veteran and fabulous cook, but she could play the role of nurturing godmother to the contestants when it comes to staying on pitch and their look (remember...she was the original Lady Gaga before there ever was one). Need proof? Check out Patti's guest judge appearance on Top Chef: Texas tomorrow.
Mariah Carey: Simon has been hinting that Mariah would be joining the show as a consultant, but the fact that the season finale is this Thursday, I doubt she'll even be showing up. Mariah will bring the honesty, the cuckoo crazy and there's a guarantee that she will bring something we've all been craving from our judges...a damn personality.
Cher: Yeah sure her less talented son Chaz Bono is enjoying his new bout with fame after doing his stiff zombie strut on Dancing With the Stars, but the iconic Cher always brings the fierceness and the gays to the yard. A diva in every sense of the way, you will never know what comes out of her mouth (like AI's Steven Tyler) and she has plenty of knowledge she can give to the contestants, especially after being in the game for 40 years.
The person to replace Steve Jones as host: Me duh! I always have an opinion, I would love to see the contestants win and I'll most certainly keep you entertained with my silliness.
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